By Tracey Helton Mitchell, author of “The Big Fix; Hope After Heroin“
Recovery is not a sprint, it is a marathon. What this implies is that we use the tools at our disposal to plan for the long journey away from substances and into a new life. Putting down the drugs and alcohol is only the start. We have to find the motivation to press on. We have to cope with our urges to give in or give up. We have to push out negativity as we deal with the flood of emotions as we push forward. Finally, we have to find a way to accept ourselves and our limitations as human beings. SMART Recovery is a four point program that logically allows a person to plot their course along this journey. It allows for participants to move at their own pace, evaluating their own goals and their own reasons for change. Continue reading
Many people who have struggled with addiction feel grateful for the support that they were given during their recovery process, and want to “pay it forward.” And fortunately, there are several careers that provide an opportunity to give back by helping others.
Whether on an individual, community, or population level, below are three options that allow people to give back through their career. Continue reading
It’s not so much what you see, but how you see it.
That’s called your perspective.
Things are not always as they seem.
My mom told me as a child “Believe nothing you hear and half what you see”
Your brain will try to make sense of everything that is going on around you, and collectively organize it, compare it to your past experiences, then catalog it.
Sometimes you brain makes the wrong perspective, and your left in the aha moment, scratching your head. This is relevant to a magician’s trick.
Other things, that are in comparison to each other are put into the same category in your brain. Your brain becomes wired… negative thinking, equals negative outcomes, positive thinking equals positive outcome. Continue reading
SMART Recovery Webinar: You are Powerful: A Message to Young People from Dr. Robert Schwebel, Saturday, 4/23/2016 5:00 pm EDT
SMART Recovery® is pleased to present a talk with author and developer of The Seven Challenges® Program, Dr. Robert Schwebel. We are interested in learning how to engage youth who have problems with drugs in meaningful conversations and to support them in taking power over their lives. Dr. Schwebel’s work is designed for counseling settings, and we think you’ll find his approach highly complementary with SMART in the continuum of care. In implementing The Seven Challenges Program, many practical lessons have been learned that are helpful in thinking about how to best to serve and collaborate with youth. The conversation will focus on attitudes, strategies, and messages that engage and empower youth, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Continue reading
Part 1: Commitment to Sobriety
By Jim (GJBXVI) Braastad
While meandering around the SMART Recovery community website (SROL), I came across the following tidbit of information:
Scientific research shows that people who have recovered successfully (regardless of the method used) all have three things in common, those being:
- A commitment to sobriety;
- A change in lifestyle; and
- They prepare and plan for urges.
I believe the need for each these three things to be true. While each of them is important in the big picture, I think the “commitment to sobriety” is listed first for a reason. Continue reading
A visual overview
What is SMART Recovery? We’re so glad you asked!
Check out this terrific visual overview created just for us by RehabCenter.net
RehabCenter.net provides an online comprehensive guide to rehab centers and addiction treatment options. We’re grateful to them for preparing this infographic which so clearly answers the question “What is SMART Recovery!” Continue reading